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World class performance by Mach1 Kart in Wackersdorf – Daniel Stell stirs up kart racing elite

In front of a local audience, German kart manufacturer Mach1-Kart knew how to impress at the World Championship in Wackersdorf. From the beginning, Daniel Stell belonged to the
top drivers at the CIK-FIA International KZ2 Super Cup and finished the weekend on the impressive seventh place.

The Shifterkart World Championship 2017 became a great kart racing festival in Germany. More than 160 drivers from 23 nations started into the fight for the highest international kart racing title. Mach1-Motorsport sent three drivers into the races: Daniel Stell, Pawel Myszkier and Thierry Delre.

Strong competition awaited the three drivers at the CIK-FIA International KZ2 Super Cup. During qualifying and six heats respectively, they had to manage ending up among the best 34 drivers of overall 113 participants. The conditions on the 1.190m long track of the Prokart Raceland were challenging. Rain caused changed conditions especially on Saturday afternoon.

Local driver Daniel Stell achieved a perfect start. On second place after qualifying, he had a great starting position for the following heats. “The field is unbelievably close together. The first 104 drivers are less than a second apart”, team leader Martin Hetschel summed up. Daniel wasn’t intimidated though. With two heat victories, three second and a fourth place, he held his own among the best drivers in the world and started into the big finale over 26 laps from fourth place.

More than 3000 spectators experienced a kart racing spectacle par excellence in Upper-Palatine. The drivers showed incredible fights during the final race and postponed the decisions until the very end. Daniel defended his position as best German driver and came in seventh. “Summarized, this was a great week for us. Daniel proved that you can fight for victory with our material. He is a strong driver and has a lot of ambition. We didn’t have the perfect tire setup during the final race and still belonged to the best with the third-fastest lap. I really have to praise Daniel who withstood the pressure during all three days”, said team leader Martin Hetschel in the evening.

His two team mates didn’t end up among the 34 best drivers after the difficult heats. Their performances were still impressive. Thierry Delre highlighted his driving skills repeatedly in the rain. During one heat he drove forward from 26 th starting position to third place. Pawel Myszkier got close to the top ten several times as well. After the World Championship Mach1 Motorsport is going to continue with full-speed. The finale of the ADAC Kart Masters is going to take place from September 30 th to October 1 st in Wackersdorf as well. The last races of the German Kart Championship are going to take place in Italian Lonato at the last weekend of October (20 th -22 nd ). In the meantime the manufacturer is going to start at the X30 International Finals in LeMans (France) as well.

Perfect performances by Mach1 drivers in Le Mans – Twelve drivers started against international competition

More than 400 drivers from all over the world started at the IAME International Final in French Le Mans. German chassis manufacturer Mach1 started with multiple drivers and belonged to the favorites.

Thierry Delre started at the X30 Super Shifter. The champion of 2012 and 2013 had aimed for his third success. With mixed weather conditions, he didn’t catch a free lap during qualifying though and had to be content with the 11th position. He then highlighted his performance during the heats and drove forward to second place. From the first starting row he then didn’t risk a lot during the pre-finale and stayed close to the front on third place. During the final, the Belgian fought for the big victory. Unfortunately he didn’t manage a good start and therefore fell back a little. He was then able to fight his way forward to the strong fourth place again until the end of the race.

Victorien Sabotava started at the shifterkarts as well. After a lot of bad luck during qualifying he was last of the top-class field of participants. During the course of the heats he fought his way forward to 14th place though and came close to the top ten during the finale. In the end, a time penalty threw him back though and he was only ranked 18th.

The English team MLC Motorsport sent multiple drivers to start at the X30 Senior. Brett Ward showed a strong performance. He finished qualifying of the fully manned class on fifth place. Due to a time penalty and a falling out he fell back to 18th place during the heats though. The finals didn’t go as hoped either. Numerous collisions caused a premature end. His team mate Ollie Varney crossed the finish line. He also had a good starting position due to being fourth of his qualifying group and he knew how to use this. Just like Ward he entered the final races. During the pre-finale he gained a couple of positions again and fully attacked during the final race. Problems with his racing tires made him fight with dull weapons though. He ended up on the disappointing 17th place on the overall list of rankings.

Norwegian Havard Hallerud (HP Motorsport) didn’t catch a perfect qualifying at the seniors. On 76th place, he stayed far behind his expectations. But instead of giving up he fought his way forward to the overall 46th place. Thereby he entered the B-finale and finished this on tenth place.

Luke van Heerwarde and Davey Shepperd also started at the seniors. Both of them weren’t able to find their rhythms though and stayed behind their usual performances. While Luke missed entering the C-finale, Davey started there. Unfortunately the race ended for him after six laps due to a technical defect.

Craig Shenton (Mach1 UAE) started at the X30 Master as a soloist. It was the first race on the challenging track for him and he got faster race by race. His commitment was rewarded by 22nd place at qualifying. During the heats he then experienced something entirely new. For the first time Craig started on a wet track and had to get used to it. On Saturday he then entered the B-finale on fourth place. After the best time during warm-up he was very confident but a defective ignition system stopped him in the end.
The races went less well for the four juniors William Pedersen, Jay Khoury, Marven Dinar and Rashed Ghanem. All four started in Le Mans for the first time and collected lots of experiences. Rashed Ghanem was the best youngster on Sunday by ending up on eighth place at the C-finale. William Pedersen followed on 18th place.

In the end, team leader Martin Hetschel was content with his drivers’ performances and also the performance of the Mach1-chassis: “We highlighted the possibilities of our material. Thierry was very close to the top at the shifterkarts and the seniors also fought for the overall victory. At such a huge event everything has to work out right in the end to achieve success.”

Mach1 Motorsport driver line-up extended to Cameron Boedler and Jordi van Moorsel

In addition to the current drivers of the Mach1 Motorsport team the German-Brazilian Cameron Boedler will compete the new OK-Junior and the Dutchman Jordi van Morsel in KZ2 next year.

In addition to the regular drivers Thierry Delre, Pawel Myskier and Marcel Schultheiß, Jordi van Moorsel will participate in 2016 at the DSKM, and the CIK / FIA European and World Championships and fight for top placements. In addition, he will probably racing in other categories, the details will be announced later on.

The KZ2 pilots Marco Forrer, Toni Greif and Tommy Neumann will compete in the new DMSB Schaltkart Cup and / or the ADAC Kart Masters and can certainly be top players there.

Rounding out the commitment to the juniors, Cameron Boedler, who already made his debut in the team at the SKUSA Super Nationals in Las Vegas and achieved there already a top result. He will represent the colors of Mach1 Kart in the ADAC Kart Masters and the DJKM in the OK-Junior category.

“We are proud to welcome two talented drivers in our distinguished team,” said team boss Martin Hetschel and continues: “Thus, we now have nine solid pilots for the 2016 season, negotiations with other interested parties are currently underway, we look forward. We are still open for queries in the OK, RotaxMAX and X30 in order to strengthen our forces even here. “

Mach1 Kart achieves world-class success

Last weekend, Mach1 Motorsport travelled to the IAME International Finals in Le Mans with nine drivers. Moreover, the German chassis manufacturer sent John Norris to the Vortex-Rok world final in Lonato as a soloist and showed strong performances in France as well as in Italy.

Last weekend, more than 300 drivers met up for the IAME International Final on the challenging track in French Le Mans. Old hand and two-time champion of the years 2012 and 2014 Thierry Delre was able to impress. During qualifying of the gear class he was dealing with setup problems and ended up on 17th place. He was able to considerably improve his performance during the four heats though and found back to his usual pace quickly. Thierry experienced a major setback during the last heat on Saturday evening though: Being on sixth position, he had to park his kart prematurely due to a big end bearing defect. The Mach1 driver was followed by bad luck on Sunday as well. During the pre-finale he was involved in a collision and had to end the race prematurely. During the finale the kart driver then showed a great catching-up race and finished the race on the great eighth place.

Two more Mach1 drivers started among the strong shifter field: Corentin Gregoire from Belgium and Viny Sobrevia from France. Young Frenchman Viny Sobrevia started at his first international race and was able to impress by coming in 14th at the finale. His team mate Corentin Gregoire had some bad luck: He showed a solid performance during the heats, but then had to park his kart prematurely during the pre-finale as well as the final race due to a collision and a technical defect. “Thierry presented himself in the best light again. If we had had a little more luck, a place on the podium would surely have been possible this year. Viny and Corentin have done really well this weekend too and have shown that the Mach1 kart works well for lesser experienced drivers as well. Unfortunately we didn’t have the necessary racing luck at the shifterkarts this year”, team leader Martin Hetschel summed up.

Three Mach1 drivers started among the X30 senior field counting 123 drivers: Haavard Hallerud from Norway, Paul Pittham from Australia and Jonathan Williams from England. Haavard Hallerud showed a solid performance during qualifying and finished it on 29th place as the best Mach1 driver. He had less luck during the heats though and only qualified for the C-finale in the end, which he finished on the good 11th place. Second driver Paul Pittham qualified among the top 15, but was taken out of the ranking afterwards due to the wrong fuel. After some bad luck during the heats the Australian was still able to finish the C-finale on 9th place. Jonathan Williams continuously got better and achieved more racing experience during the heats. In the end he finished the C-finale on 25th place.

At the juniors, Cameron Boedler, Samuel Cornwell and Jarle Gaard fought for good results in the field counting almost 100 drivers. Cameron Boedler drove among the front field. The German-Brazilian already proved his possibilities by coming in 16th at qualifying, but had to deal with some setbacks during the heats despite a good fourth and sixth place. From 19th place he started into the final phase of the weekend. He finished the pre-finale and the finale on 18th places respectively after some fights for positions and lap times at top-three-level.

Samuel Cornwell only came in on 44th place at qualifying and missed qualifying for the finals by only three points after impressive catching-up races during the heats. He then showed a solid performance during the B-finale and finished this on third place. Norwegian Jarle Gaard celebrated his premiere on an international track. In the end, he was able to gather a lot of experience and achieved a satisfactory result by coming in 22nd at the C-finale.

John Norris at the ROK Final in LonatoParallel to the events in Le Mans things were heated in Lonato as well. The international Vortex-Rok finale took place on the traditional Italian race track the same weekend. Factory driver John Norris started there with the support of Polish Mach1 kart-importer Kornel Lenartovicz. After two drivers had cancelled on short notice due to health issues, the Irishman travelled to Italy with a considerable training deficit. By achieving fifth place at qualifying of the field consisting of 56 drivers, the old hand made himself known at the beginning of the event already. Subsequently, John proved his qualities during the heats by achieving fifth, third and second places. During the finale, the Mach1 driver even raced forward to second place and thereby achieved the vice title at the Rok-World finale. “What a slap-bang action! I started with this engine concept for the first time and immediately felt comfortable with it. It’s a great result for me and the whole Mach1 team at the end of the season”, John rejoiced after the award ceremony.

Team leader Martin Hetschel’s summary was positive as well: “First I’d like to thank my importers MLC Motorsport (England), Delre Racing (Belgium), TP Motorsport (Norway), FKI (France) and Lenartovicz Motorsport (Poland). Without their great work, a success like this would not have been possible at the end of the year. Of course I’m also proud because our hard work throughout the past years is now paying off. More and more drivers are using our material and are proving to be competitive by national and international comparison. Thanks again to all drivers and teams for their trust and cooperation.”

The German chassis manufacturer keeps proving that this progress is not a coincidence: In the coming days, the new karts for the model year 2016 are going to be presented. Mach1 is offering track days again in cooperation with the successful Mach1 team DS Kartsport. The first round is going to take place on November 6th and 7th in Liedolsheim. Interested drivers and teams can register for the test days by phone (+49 7135 / 9849-0) or e-mail (info [at] mach1kart [dot] de).

Mach1 kart impresses in LeMans

The German chassis manufacturer Mach1 kart started at the CIK-FIA KZ2 International Super Cup in Le Mans with three drivers. The trio showed an impressive performance despite partially difficult conditions and was able to hold their ground against the international competition. In the end, Joey Hanssen was on 16th place of almost 100 participants.

Only a few days after the German Shifterkart Championship in Oschersleben, Mach1 Motorsport started at the highlight of the year. The CIK-FIA KZ2 International Super Cup took place on the new kart racing track in Le Mans. The three drivers Thierry Delre, Pawel Myszkier and Joey Hanssen went up against the strong international competition.

Joey Hanssen was the best driver in the end. After a one-year racing break Hanssen was back this season and is participating in the Dutch Kart Championship for Mach1-importer B&S. He fulfilled one of his big dreams by participating in the World Championship and was able to completely impress everyone. He was already in the top group during the trainings but wasn’t able to tie in with this during qualifying. He only ended up on 56th position and was accordingly thoughtful on Friday evening: “The chassis felt good but we lost almost 5km/h maximum speed during the last free training and qualifying. Now we have to analyze what caused this.”

The heats on Saturday demanded a lot of drivers and materials. It was difficult to find the right setup due to the changing weather conditions. After the first heat the gear problems were taken care of and Joey continuously fought his way forward. In the evening he was on the same level as the leading drivers again and was on 34th position. During the pre-final on Sunday morning he improved his performance even more and came in on 10th place which allowed him to enter the big finale directly.

During the course of the 22 laps he steered clear of all quarrels and finished his appearance in Le Mans on 16th place.

Second driver of the team, Pawel Myszkier, showed a great performance once again. The Pole switched to the Mach1 Motorsport Team at the middle of the season and is getting along with the chassis really well. Due to the narrow timetable regarding the DKM he had no chance of testing the track in Le Mans before and to get used to the Le Cont tires which were new to him as well. He got faster from training to training though and was the best Mach1 driver after qualifying on 45th place.

He was unstoppable during the heats then. In the changing weather he ended up in the top ten three times and was on 17th overall position on Saturday evening. On the drying track he finished the pre-finale on the great 12th place and gained his ticket for the big finale. Unfortunately he wasn’t rewarded for his efforts during the final race though. Due to an engine defect he had to end the race prematurely and was visibly disappointed in the evening: “Despite the short preparation time I was able to drive among the top drivers in this top-class field. My Mach1 chassis has worked very well even with the changing weather conditions and I was confident to achieve a good result in the final race. In the end the engine stopped me, but that’s kart racing.”

Belgian Thierry Delre had good memories regarding the 1.384m long track. Last year he won the X30 International Finals on this track. Unfortunately things didn’t go according to plan this time and he had to travel back home on Saturday evening already. “The streak of bad luck didn’t end here either. A technical problem during qualifying destroyed all my chances once again. Additionally I just couldn’t find the right rhythm and unfortunately had to end the WM prematurely”, Thierry summed up.

Team leader Martin Hetschel was still in a good mood in the evening though: “I’m very content with this result. Despite the short preparation time due to the many racing events of the past weeks our drivers did outstanding jobs. I’m happy because even as a smaller manufacturer we don’t have to hide behind the top teams at the WM. The drivers seem to know this as well: We have a lot of requests for test drives and have produced considerably more chassis than in the previous years.”

The team is going to start at the next race during the first weekend of October. Then, the German Kart Championship’s big season finale is going to take place in Kerpen. The Mach1 Factory supported teams are already going to start again in a couple of days. Two teams, DS Kartsport und BB Motorsport, are going to start at the finale of the ADAC Kart Masters in Wackersdorf.

Mach1 Motorsport: Ups and downs in Genk

Mach1 Motorsport started at the second event of the German Kart Championship in Genk with five drivers. The protégés were up against strong competition in the shifterkart class and experienced a mixed weekend. Irishman John Norris was the best driver in the end.

The European Kart Championship was clearly not far away anymore. Numerous international top drivers used the race in Genk as preparation, which is why the field was well filled up with 62 drivers. John Norris was among the favorites after qualifying already and finished every heat in the top ten by coming in seventh, eighth and ninth. That put him on 12th starting position for the first final race. He had to deal with an early falling out during this race though. He then showed a great catching-up race during the second race and finished on the great 13th place. He is currently on ninth place on the overall list of rankings. “John was very well underway again. The performance was right and the chassis did a good job with these challenging conditions”, Martin Hetschel summed up in the evening.

The other four drivers Marcel Schultheiß, Thomas Neumann, Thierry Delre and Marco Forrer had less luck though. Despite strong individual performances during the heats, the quartet had to deal with several fallings out and all started at the repechage. During the race’s eleven laps they gave it their all to gain tickets to the final races. Belgian Thierry Delre was the most unlucky driver in the end: he just barely missed entering the finals by ending up on seventh place. “That was really unfortunate, the boys all did really well. After Wackersdorf, where all of them entered the finals, we had to deal with a setback here”, said Martin Hetschel.

Lucas Speck achieved a small sensation after qualifying. The driver of an LS kart, which is being developed in cooperation with Mach1 kart, achieved fourth place. During the heats he was able to prove that this result wasn’t a flash in the pan. Next to a falling out, he finished on eighth and eleventh places and entered the final races directly. Things didn’t go so smoothly during these though. His results were a falling out and a 26th place, which doesn’t reflect on the Hilden resident’s possibilities.

While all teams went home on Sunday evening, Mach1 Motorsport used Monday for additional tests on the 1.360km long track. The German chassis manufacturer is going to start at the finale of the European Kart Championship with four drivers. Two weeks prior, Mach1 kart and its factory supported teams are already going to start at the halftime-race of the ADAC Kart Masters in Oschersleben.

Strong DSKM performance by Mach1 Motorsport

Last weekend, Mach1 Motorsport entered the final races of the German Shifterkart Championship with all five drivers. The kick-off to the highest German kart racing grade series took place at the Prokart Raceland Wackersdorf. The field was strongly manned with 51 drivers. John Norris drove among the top five.

The season kick-off to the German Kart Championship wasn’t easy. Unsettled weather caused the drivers and teams to worry. German chassis manufacturer Mach1 did well though and drove in the front with all of their drivers. The new FIA5-chassis proved its worth – the team was among the fastest teams despite different grip conditions.

One of the favorites was John Norris: The Irishman experienced a mixed qualifying due to the weather though and only ended up on 13th place. He skillfully fought his way forward during the heats though and improved his position to seventh place. John kept close to the leading drivers during the first race on the wet track and came in seventh again. He jumped to the front during the second final race then. After 21 exciting laps he finished the race close to the leading drivers on fifth place. That’s also his place on the temporary list of rankings. Team leader Martin Hetschel was content: “John was among the top drivers in all races. The new chassis was challenged multiple times due to the unsettled weather in Wackersdorf. It did a great job under all conditions.”

In addition to Norris, his team mates Marcel Schultheiß, Marco Forrer and Thiery Delré also directly entered the finals. Only Thomas Neumann had to qualify via the repechage. Coming in sixth, the kart returnee achieved a final ticket too. During the final races, the quartet established itself among the strongly manned field. At the second finale, Delré, Schultheiß and Neumann ended up on the 19th, 21st and 22nd places. Marco Forrer had bad luck though. After a 25th place at the first race, he had to prematurely end the race this time. “I’m very proud of my drivers – all of them have made their ways to the final races. This isn’t always sure in such challenging weather and with such a strong competition. Thomas Neumann especially impressed me with his first kart race after a long break. He quickly got a feel of things and can certainly provide a surprise once he’s gained more driving experience”, Martin Hetschel summed up.

Mach1-Kart is going to start at their next race next weekend already. The kick-off to the ADAC Kart Masters is going to take place on the Hunsrückring/Hahn.


Mach1 Motorsport: Strong season kick-off in Lonato

German chassis manufacturer Mach1-Kart travelled to the 26th Andrea Margutti Trophy in Lonato with four drivers and presented itself in top form. The new chassis FIA5 showed a strong performance and factory driver John Norris achieved the outstanding fourth place at the shifterkarts.

The race on the South Garda Circuit was the practical test for the new Mach1 chassis named FIA5. The German manufacturer faced up to the strong international competition for the first time and impressed all along the line. In sunshine and with high grip conditions, the FIA5 did a perfect job and just barely missed placing on the podium at the shifterkart class.

All in all, 53 drivers competed in the shifterkart class KZ2. John Norris, Thierry Delré and Toni Greif started for Mach1 Motorsport. Additionally, LS-Kart-driver Lucas Speck had his premiere at the shifterkarts. Despite the long winter break John Norris was able to show a strong performance during the free trainings already and secured tenth place at qualifying: “Unfortunately I didn’t have a free lap, otherwise even more would have been possible”, the Irishman explained afterwards. He showed his possibilities during the heats, qualified for the pre-finale on seventh place and was able to gain two more positions during this race. From the third starting row, John Norris achieved a perfect start into the big finale over 25 laps and kept close to the leading drivers throughout a race without any mistakes. At the finish line he just barely missed placing on the podium by coming in fourth. The mood was still good though: “Despite the high grip conditions we were able to find a good setup and were on eye-level with the leading drivers. I’m very content about the first use of the new chassis FIA5. I’d also like to thank Michael Blanken for the outstanding engines. All in all we’ve learned a lot and are now going to make use of these experiences.”

In the meantime, Belgian Thierry Delré experienced a bumpy start. Due to a defect of his race-truck he arrived late at the track at Lake Garda and entered the racing events with a considerable training deficit. Therefore he couldn’t get past 40th place during qualifying. He then gained more and more confidence during the heats though and got faster every time. He achieved entering the finals by coming in on 24th place and thereby highlighted his potential. He then got even further forward during the pre-finale. During this strong race he was able to gain seven positions and was on 15th starting position for the big finale. This ended for the young Belgian after only a couple of meters though. Due to a racing accident he had to involuntarily forfeit the race after just one lap. “Unfortunately not everything went perfectly this weekend. I’m now looking forward though and want to concentrate on the X30 EM in Castelletto. There I’m going to compete in the new supershifter class”, Delré said at the finish line.

After a longer break, German Toni Greif got into his kart again in Lonato and got faster and faster with every training. Unfortunately a falling out during the first heat threw him back considerably and he had to enter the repechage. For quite a while he was on the promising seventh position but he lost some ground towards the end of the race and missed the hoped-for finale. “I felt very comfortable in the new Mach1 FIA5 and can work with the new HRP-brake a lot better as well. It’s sad that it wasn’t enough to enter the finale this time because with my lap times I surely would have been able to drive among midfield”, the young Bad Mergentheim resident summed up.

Lucas Speck had his premiere at the shifterkarts. The Rhinelander started in an LS-kart which also comes from the ranks of Mach1 Motorsport and showed a steep learning curve. Speck got faster every lap and learned a lot. Unfortunately he narrowly missed entering the finale, but he was still content at the finish line: “This was very good for our first shifterkart commitment. The most important thing for us this weekend was to learn a lot during the races. The chassis reacted really well and controllable to changes in setup. I’m gaining more driving practice and security in a shifterkart with every lap. We’re going to work hard to develop further and we’ve now set the basis for this.”

The racing events are going to continue on the Easter weekend for Mach1-Kart. Thierry Delré is going to start at the X30 Challenge Europe in Castelletto (Italy). After his international finals-victory last year he is also among the favorites of the new supershifter-class there.


Mach1 Kart wins X30 international final * World title in the X30 shifter class

After the IAME X30 international final in Le Mans, pure joy prevailed for German chassis manufacturer Mach1 Kart. Shifterkart driver Thierry Delré dominated the final races and was announced X30 shifter winner in the evening. The other drivers were successful as well.

Mach1 Motorsport was present at the X30 international final in Le Mans (France) in cooperation with the English Mach1-importer MLC Motorsport. On the brand-new Alain Prost Circuit, the World-Championship titles of the juniors, seniors, masters and shifters were dealt out. The first free trainings already started on Wednesday. Qualifying took place on Thursday evening in flood light and rain. Numerous heats took place on Friday and Saturday, which held the decisions regarding the starting positions for the finals on Sunday.

Belgian Thierry Delré experienced a perfect racing weekend. He started into the events with a third place at qualifying and achieved two victories, a second and a fourth place during the following heats. He thereby achieved pole position on the overall list of rankings and had best chances of winning. In beaming sunshine, he showed two thrilling races. Despite strong pressure from his opponents, he kept the upper hand and achieved the overall victory. Team leader Martin Hetschel was really happy in the evening: “Wow, we’ve been working on our shifterkart concept for the last two years and are now celebrating big international success already. Thierry gets along great with the model and has driven superb races.”

The biggest competition waited at the X30 seniors. 99 drivers from more than 20 nations started there. Haavard Hallerud from Norway, Josh Hatton and Jonathan Williams from Great Britain started in a Mach1 kart. Josh Hatton showed the strongest performance. He fought with the adverse conditions during qualifying and therefore had to start into the heats from midfield respectively. He fought his way forward skillfully to eighth, eleventh and 15th places and drove top three times. Two fallings out threw him back further though and he was only able to start at the B finale. He was able to highlight his strength during this though and came in second twice. “With his times a lot would have been possible at the A finale”, knew Martin Hetschel.

Hatton’s fellow countryman Jonathan Williams celebrated his international racing premiere in Le Mans and became faster and faster with every race. In the end, he came in 15th at the C finale. Norwegian Haavard Hallerud had some bad luck in the meantime: Despite a good performance at the heats, a couple of accidents that weren’t his fault threw him back considerably and he only qualified for the C finale. He had set high goals for himself, but two engine defects caused him to forfeit prematurely.

Things were heated as usual at the juniors. Gus Lawrence always drove among the top ten during the free training and finished his qualifying on the good 24th place. He gainedmore positions during the turbulent heats and started into the A finale from 19th starting

position. He wasn’t able to fight with strong weapons during the finale though. Due to an engine problem he fell back to 27th place during the pre-finale. For the finale, the whole drive train and cable harness were changed and Gus was able to fight his way forward to fifteenth place.

His junior colleague Lewis Kent wasn’t able to find the right rhythm in the rain and was only on 49th place of qualifying. Due to a starting position in midfield, the heats didn’t go perfectly as well. He entered the B finale from the eighth place and finished it on the good sixth place.

Team leader Martin Hetschel was happy in the evening: “We can be very content with this weekend. The victory at the shifterkarts highlights our racing material’s qualities and is a great thank you for the whole crew – everyone has worked really hard. The other drivers perfectly with our material. The conditions couldn’t have been more diverse: rain, sun and cool temperatures. We’re now looking forward to the new year in good spirits.”


Not a perfect weekend for Mach1 Motorsport

Mach1 Kart travelled to the finale of the German Kart Championship in Genk with high expectations. In the end, the races were rather disappointing though, even though the performance of the German Mach1 chassis was impressive. John Norris finished the season on the sixth place of the DSKM.

The team had a full house on the 1.360m long track in Belgian Genk. At the DKM, Brit Harrison Newey started for the team, while John Norris, Marcel Schultheiß, Marco Forrer and Thierry Delré started at the shifterkarts. In addition to a top-class field of participants, consisting of 122 national and international drivers, the weather challenged drivers and materials. The sun was shining on Friday and Saturday and caused high grip conditions on the track. On Sunday it rained heavily. “The Mach1 chassis has done a perfect job once again. The weather couldn’t have been more antithetic. Our setup was right under these diverse conditions and the drivers felt comfortable”, team leader Martin Hetschel summed up in the evening.

John Norris started into the weekend with slim chances of winning the title. Ninth place at qualifying was very promising and a fourth place at the heats raised hopes for more as well. Unfortunately he also had to deal with a falling out, which caused John to fall back to the 24th overall position. During the final races it was then hard for him to fight his way forward on the wet track. Coming in 23rd and 24th, he missed placing in the point ranks and fell back to the overall sixth Championship position. “We don’t have to be disappointed. This was our first season at the shifterkarts and we’ve been able to impress. The field of participants was top-class”, Martin Hetschel explained.

While Thierry Delré and Marcel Schultheiß managed to enter the final races and drove among midfield, the fourth driver unfortunately didn’t achieve qualification. Marco Forrer couldn’t get past 12th place during the repechage. “Next to talent and great material, there is always a lot of luck necessary at motorsports. Unfortunately we didn’t have it this weekend. Thierry Delré especially impressed me: “He drove his first race for us and was really close to the top ten on Saturday”, continued Hetschel.

Harrison Newey started at the DKM. The young Brit was able to tie in with his performance from Kerpen during the heats and came in 12th and 13th. But things didn’t go so well during the rainy final races then. His expectations were not met due to a 26th place and a falling out. “Harrison is always getting faster and is getting along great with the material. But this is just the beginning”, Hetschel praised his youngster.

During the upcoming weeks, a lot is still waiting for the chassis manufacturer. In addition to the new chassis-homologation, Mach1 Motorsport is going to start at the X30 international finals in Le Mans. “At the end of October, the new chassis are going to be ready for test drives. We’ve applied a couple of changes and are very confident that we’ve taken a big step forward. Interested people are welcome to contact us and arrange test drives”, Hetschel invites drivers.